While most dogs are well behaved and docile, there are some that can be aggressive and out of control. Dog bites can be absolutely devastating, causing extensive physical injuries including large wounds, broken bones, infections, and even death. Each day about 1,000 U.S. residents require emergency care for dog bite injuries. A study performed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality showed that dog bite injuries have doubled in the last 15 years. The average cost of a medical treatment for a dog bite is $18,200, enough to put a financial strain on any family. It is important that you contact a Georgia dog bite attorney right away to file your lawsuit and get the compensation you are entitled to.
According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control, 4.5 million dog bites occur each year. Of those, 20% require treatment from a medical professional, and 20 dog bites end in death. A dog bite can happen quickly, inflicting catastrophic damage in a matter of seconds. Children are most at risk for serious bite injuries, as the dog bite rate is highest for those aged five to nine. While injuries can be physically painful, it is the lasting emotional impact that can severely scar a victim. An intense fear of dogs and avoidance of areas where dogs may be present can have a significant life altering impact. Some severe dog bite victims can no longer work due to posttraumatic stress disorder inducing flashbacks or nightmares. A victim may live in constant fear of attack, and constantly be in a state of panic. It is important that a dog bite injury victim asserts their rights and talk to an attorney who can assist them with their case.
What to do if Bitten by a Dog
If you are bitten by a dog, no matter how benign the wound, it is best to take the following steps to secure your health and possible damages against the owner of the animal.
- Even if the bite does not seem like a major injury. An untreated bite can lead to serious infection or possible amputation. Even a claw scratch can cause severe infections and illness. Go to the emergency room or consult your doctor as soon as possible.
- Determine who controls or owns the animal – Make sure that this person quarantines or secures the animal.
- It is vital to get photos of the attack location and the animal, if possible. Witnesses can also help prove your story. Photos of your wound and clothes from the attack are also helpful.
In the state of Georgia, a dog does not get a one-strike or one-bite exception. A dog owner will be held strictly liable, absent a previous bite, if the owner knew of should have known the dog was aggressive or a bite-risk and the owner was negligent in handling the dog or letting it roam free. Additionally, if a victim is bitten or injured by a free roaming dog, then the owner will be found liable for not securing the dog in violation of local leash laws. Either way, the owner would be responsible for all damages that were suffered by the victim. The owner should pay all medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages as a result of the attack. The best way to ensure you get the compensation you deserve is to hire a competent dog bite attorney.
Contact a Dog Bite Attorney
When you call a dog bite attorney at Georgia Trial Attorneys, you will be treated with care, compassion, and respect. We are proud to offer a high level of legal representation to each and every client. We take a one-on-one personal approach with each case, giving time and consideration to our clients. If you have suffered from a dog bite, call us at 678-392-1401 for a free consultation.